In the close confines of Fenway Park, Sveum can hear every insult directed his way when a runner gets thrown out. But the easiest part of the third base coach's job is the home-run handshake.

He's Safe...for Now

What if your career, your livelihood, depended on how you made a single split-second decision? No pondering. No surfing the Web for help. And if that's not enough stress, imagine making that decision in front of 35,000 baseball fans just itching for someone to scream at, someone to blame. Like you. Welcome to the hot-corner office of Boston Red Sox third-base coach Dale Sveum.

By Daniel McGinn
May 15, 2005

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It's time for Dale Sveum to make a decision. It's not a life-or-death choice, and no ballgame is hanging in the balance. He has all the time in the world this afternoon, 11 weeks before Opening Day, but he doesn't dawdle. Barely consulting the menu, he looks up at the waitress and asks for a cheese steak with onions. "I'll ... (Full article: 2963 words)

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